A full weekend of family fun events is planned by the committee, including musical entertainment, an essay contest, 5K run & remembrance walk, car show, freedom parade, arts and crafts show, and a "Healing Field". The weekend will end with a concert by "Ruby Shooz" and a fireworks display by Telstar on Monday May 29th.
As always, Waterloo will hold its solemn commemoration of Memorial Day on May 30 with morning services at St. Mary's and Maple Grove Cemetery, the traditional parade begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by a service in Lafayette Park. The 140th annual event is sponsored by the American Legion and the VFW.
To register send your name, address, phone number with area code, club affiliation if any, vehicle make, year and model to:
5 K Walk/Run Race
Certified 5K Run # NY04023AM
Sunday, May 28th, 2006
With PCR DAG Timing System by Paul Richards,
Results will be given immediately at end of the race.
Serious runners and relaxed amblers are invited to participate in the Celebrate Commemorate 5Krace on Sunday, May 28th. The route for the 5K race is sure to attract competitive runners Medals will be given to winners in various age groups. The run will start at 8:30 a.m. at Lafayette Park. Participants will race through the village and return to the park. Registrations are accepted up to one-half hour before the race.
Pre-Registration fee is $12 - Day of Race $15.00
and all participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt,
scoresheet, and two Photographs.
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place medals will be awarded in 9 age groups!
Plaques will go to the top three overall finishers.
For more information, contact Jack Sutliffe at 539-4348.
Click here for an application
Waterloo History Tour
The wooden station wagon bodies that once were produced in Waterloo will return to Waterloo's Celebrate Commemorate "Waterloo Remembers" festivities. Wood-bodied cars were favorites of the surfer crowd, and Woody trucks and buses were popular in the 1940s and 50s. Scores of the restored vehicles will be brought by their owners from across the country to participate in the weekend's festivities. They are expected to participate in the Freedom Parade on Saturday, May 27, will be on display on Main Street on Sunday, May 28. The Woodies also will drive to wineries and other attractions in the area during their visit. For more information, e-mail Jim Vrooman.
In the reenactment community, the 148th New York Volunteers are
considered veterans. Established in 1962, the 148th is the oldest Civil
War reenactment organization in New York State. Since its founding, it
has participated in several hundred Civil War battle reenactments and
hosted scores of living history events, marched in parades and given
presentations for schools and historical societies.
Even though the organization is built on a military impression,
families participate in the recreation of a time in American history
when everyone was touched by the events, not just the soldiers serving
The original 148th was recruited from the Finger Lakes regions of New
York. They were assigned to the Army of the James and served under Major General Benjamin "The Beast" Butler. Some of the battles they
participated in were Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, the Siege of
Petersburg, Chaffin's Farm, Fair Oaks, the Appomattox Campaign, and the
post-war occupation of the city of Richmond. They had five Medal of
Honor recipients, and suffered more than 500 casualties.
The 148th of today recruits its members primarily from the Finger Lakes
In 1962, the 148th began with six members from the Ovid Camp of the Sons
of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Membership in the SUV is a
tribute to those "Sons of the Finger Lakes" who answered Lincoln's call for 300,000 more!
The 148th will set up their encampment on the grounds of the Finger Lakes Health - Huntington Living Center, 369 East Main Street, with the soldiers, their families and other camp followers, such as a sutler selling military goods commonly found in at military encampments. The group is known for its authenticity in dress, language and mannerisms. The Sons of the Union Veterans, direct descendants of Civil War soldiers, will have an exhibit at the Memorial Day Museum on East Main Street. The museum also will be open for visitors. It honors local soldiers from every war, and contains the proclamation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson designating Waterloo as the official Birthplace of Memorial Day.
The Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day Committee of Waterloo, New York will be observing the 140th consecutive Memorial Day rite with the additional staging of a national community program called "The Healing Field." This event will coincide with the Memorial Day observance with the flying of over 1000 American flags in honor and memory of those that serve not only our community but also our country.
This spectacular, patriotic, and healing event has attracted record media attention and community involvement all over the USA. Ironically, even though The Healing Field Memorial came to be as a healing process for those that lost their lives in New York City during 911, it has never been staged in New York State before. Waterloo, NY, which is nationally recognized as the Birthplace of Memorial Day, proudly announces that the Healing Field will make its debut in New York State at Waterloo this year!
Please visit the National website at www.healingfield.org/waterloo.